Special Occasion Holidays

Vacations and certain occasions are a time to celebrate and have fun. Why not check out Santa’s workshop in Lapland, head off for a romantic city break in Dubrovnik for Valentine’s Day, get married in St. Lucia and honeymoon in Bora Bora! This list gives you some top locations to observe your important events and create memories to last a lifetime.

A Christmas in Rovaniemi, Lapland
Occasion sample There is no place more magical than Lapland at Christmas time, where you and your family can visit Santa’s workshop. Situated on the Arctic Circle, this destination is the most magical place for young kids and grown-ups to have fun and embrace the spirit of Christmas. Children can meet with Santa Claus every day at Santa Claus Village, and stop by Santa Park where Santa’s little aids will present you to the most well-known reindeer of all!

It is every single child’s wish come true!

Happy New Year's Eve from Sydney Harbour Bridge

Regarded as the very best fireworks display in the globe, the city of Sydney offers a fantastic mix of displays. At 6 pm, the festivities begin with an activity show at Sydney Harbour, and at midnight, the distinguished fireworks display commences at Sydney Harbour Bridge. Enjoyed by millions of people around the globe, this 12-minute presentation is breath-taking.

A Romantic Valentine's Day in Dubrovnik
Because of its medieval city setting and Croatian charms, the city of Dubrovnik is one of southeastern Europe’s top inspiring destinations. Brimming with history and medieval design, this place may possibly be the ideal place to propose. Many novelists, poets and painters have felt the impact of this stunning town.

If you hop on one of the cable cars, you will be able to see the striking terracotta rooftops, the Adriatic Sea and the island of Lokrum across the way.

Getting Married in St. Lucia
St. Lucia is thought to be one of the top wedding locations worldwide and there are countless factors for this. This tropical island, full of lush tropical rain forests and wildlife, is most famous for the emerald green double peaks known as the Pitons.

This Western Caribbean island is heaven and makes the most desirable location for your beach-side wedding.

Honeymoon in Beautiful Bora Bora
Wonder overflows on the smaller island of Bora Bora, which is merely 6 miles long and 2 miles wide.

A hibernating volcano, Mt. Otemanu, rises out of the island’s core and streams out into lush jungle before further spilling out into a turquoise lagoon. It was referred to as “the most beautiful island in the world” by novelist James Michener, who authored “Tales of the South Pacific”. Long before this, the 18th century British explorer, James Cook, called the island the ”Pearl of the Pacific”. Offering elegant resorts, ideal climate and welcoming natives, there is no better tropical retreat than Bora Bora.

Happy Anniversary from Bali
There is no better anniversary destination than Bali, with its peaceful atmosphere and amazing landscapes, you can look back at your many years together.

The clear blue waters and the picturesque scenery of the island make it feel like you’ve found paradise on earth. Bali brings luxury travelers, with its theatrical dances and traditional ceremonies, and ritzy resorts and energetic nightlife.

Some of the many options for the happy couple incorporate exclusive cruising in Crystal Bay, personalized visits to Mt. Batur – the sacred volcano, a couple’s massage & spa session, cooking classes with locals and exclusive helicopter rides.

10 of the Best Off-the-Beaten-Track Hikes

Do you want to really get away and head to places where you can be completely on your own with no one else around? Detach from the monotonous every day and reinvigorate yourself with the magnificence of nature on some of the most isolated treks. Travel from Africa’s 3rd tallest peak to the Australian deserts, or make your way down to the most southern point in Patagonia – you won’t be sorry.

And though they are isolated, it does not mean they are unachievable; there is a remote trail for every keen trekker.

Gokyo Lakes & Renjo La in Nepal

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Duration: Approximately 17 days - 13 days trekking

Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Ideal for the active travelers who wants to try a trail different to Everest Base Camp trek
February to mid-May, End of September to December is the best time to go
Do you want stay away from the crazy touristy hikes in the Everest region?

This hike runs through Sherpa villages to the spectacular turquoise Gokya Lakes then spans across the Renjo La (5400m) on a trail less traveled.

It is ranked as the greatest trail in the Everest region, and offers a view of the Himalaya’s 8,000-meter peaks. As you ascend to Gokyo Ri, you will witness one of the top views of Everest and neighboring mountains, such as Cho Oyu in Tibet.

Larapinta Trail End to End in Australia
Duration: Approx. 14 days

Grading: Moderate to Challenging (6)
Wilderness lovers and seasoned walkers desiring a challenge will love this
Ideal to go is Mid-April to August
Special figure An renowned walk in Australia, the complete traverse of the Larapinta follows the West MacDonnell range, over 223 kilometers in Central Australia.

Trek to remote ridges and canyons; gaze at the stars in the Outback; climb Mount Sonder, the Northern Territory’s highest peak, and bask in the glory of the sunrise.

Dientes Circuit on Navarino Island in Chile
Duration: Approximately 6 days (4 days trekking)

Level: Challenging (7)

Ideal for: Experienced trekkers who are looking to get off the beaten track in Patagonia
When to go: Months of December to March

Walk the world's most southerly trek to Dientes de Navarino Massif where you will get the sensation that you have come to the far reaches of the globe.

You will not observe many others on this 42-kilometer journey at the tip of South America. This walk has been described by Lonely Planet as an area in Patagonia with the highest quality walking trails and is one of the few remaining distant places left on earth.

K2 Base camp, Concordia & Gondogora La in Pakistan
Duration is about 24 days - 16 days actual trekking

Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)
Best for those who are looking to get into mountaineering or looking to take on a challenging trek
Best time to go is from June to August

Deemed to be some of the very best scenic hiking trails, it goes from the famous Baltoro Glacier, to the “Throne Room of the Mountain Gods” and to the foot of the planet's second biggest peak. The famous journey in Pakistan has intrigued many explorers and hikers for a long time, with the 360-degree scene of 7,000 meter and 8,000-meter summits, as well as the grand K2.

The Southern Alps in New Zealand
Duration: About 6 days

Grading: Moderate (5)
Ideal for: Anyone seeking to head for heights

Ideal time to go: Months of November to April

Often called one of the globe’s top trekking, or “tramping” as it is known among the locales, New Zealand’s Southern Alps are a perfect backdrop for a hiking adventure.

Trekking in the isolated alpine tarns with clear vistas from above, this trek has even been used as a precursor for a trek in the Himalayas.

Mountains of the Moon in Uganda
Duration: Approximately 13 days - 10 days actual of trekking
Grading: Entry level mountaineering/ exploratory trekking (8)

Ideal for: Those who have overcome Mt Kilimanjaro and are seeking their next summit challenge
When to go: December to February or June to September
Hidden away and peaceful, the Rwenzori Mountains (or Mountains of the Moon) are Africa's best hidden hidden. Climbing Margherita Peak (5,109m), Africa’s third tallest crest, is not for the faint of heart.

West Coast Trail in Canada

Duration is approximately 8 days - 7-day full-pack trek
Grading is considered moderate to challenging (6)
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This is for those active walkers who enjoy coastal walks and seek to combine it with an amazing forest trek and wildlife spotting

Best time to go: August

Take a ferryboat and cross the Strait of Georgia filled with Orcas, head to Vancouver Island’s northerly trailhead where your trip starts, and even spot a sea lion, eagle, or bear on the shore. This walk is in the top 10 of all hikes; and if you forecast your time accurately, you can take advantage of shoreline strolls on the shelf.

Snowman Trek in Bhutan
Duration: Approximately 27 days (23 days trekking)

Grading: Exploratory trekking (8)
Ideal for: Those looking for a very challenging trek that ventures far off the beaten track
Best time to go: September to November

Visit the ultimate traverse of Bhutan spanning 11 elevated passes over 4,500 meters through the remote Lunana district. This amazing passage also crosses to the lovely Paro Valley where you’ll notice a stretch of land with small Buddhist monasteries and distant villages that are isolated from the rest of the country for several months of the year.

Tajikstan: Pamir Fann Mountains
Duration: Approximately 14 days (5 days trekking)
Grading: Moderate (5)

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Best for those wanting to take their bush walking adventures a new level while incorporating historical and architectural sightseeing

Best time to go is June to September

Known for its exceptional mountain views and eye-catching alpine lakes, this off-track hike in virgin Pamir flows into deep valleys with pure clear lakes and flowering fields. One even might glimpse the summer camps of the Tijiki shepherds.

Tavan Bogd in Mongolia
Duration: Approx. 11 days - 4 days actual trekking
Grading: Moderate (5)

Ideal for those seeking to explore untracked wilderness and authentic nomadic culture

When to go: June to August
In this most remote area of Mongolia, you will be presented pure natural landscapes, wildlife and a compelling history. You will also encounter local herders, bactrian camels, Kazakh eagle hunters and throat-singing Tuvan peoples, and learn about the indigenous peoples.

Escape to Paradise with That Special Person

It’s up to you what sort of romantic getaway is best for you, no matter if it’s at some lavish resort or a more relaxed place where you can share quiet, intimate moments. Oftentimes, your precious someone will love a romantic vacation much more than any gift. Resorts all over the world now cater specifically to the wants of couples who want to shake things up a bit.

What's your idea of a perfect romantic escapade?

Amenities such as brightly colored rose petals sprinkled on your bed, freshly cut flowers, mouth-watering chocolates, and delicious champagne are just some of the treats awaiting you in your room. When you think of romance, particular images of spots might pop up in your head.

For you, that may entail tropical trees on a white-sand beach, or drinks with a view of the sun setting on the Pacific Ocean.

Paris or Florence may be good options for those wanting to roam attractive, cobbled streets or visit museums full of fabulous artwork.

There are so many destinations to visit for an paradisal getaway a spot where couples can spend some quality time with their better half, and following are a few.

St. Lucia

The small island of St. Lucia is the hidden treasure of the eastern Caribbean.

With equal parts relaxation and adventure, the island of St. Lucia is perfect for couples who appreciate basking in the sun and making the most of the first-class conveniences on offer.

Kauai, Hawaii

Kaui in Hawaii is a romantic eden because it a place where adventure and romance come together. On this the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, you will astound at the unique landscapes, pristine beaches, and signature vistas. Often called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, couples will be left speechless by its stunning canyon and awesome waterfalls.

Zambia
Though this beautiful East African nation may not be your first thought as a place to take a romantic vacation, it has all the makings of a great destination for couples to enjoy.
Fiji
Couples looking for a fun in a super romantic setting need look no further than Fiji in the South Pacific.

There are countless extraordinary holiday resorts and spas on this Melanesian island country which is made up of more than 330 islands. The year-round warm temperatures and endless opportunities for intimate moments make Fiji a very well-liked destination for couples of all kinds.

Patagonia
Everyone with a list of must-dos should trek through Patagonia, a mind -blowing, barely inhabited region split between by Chile and Argentina. It’s a romantic journey to what is effectively the end of the earth and a place which has long captivated travelers enticed with to the magic of its spell-binding landscapes.

There is no place on earth like Patagonia with its staggering glaciers, lush ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and spectacular fjords.

Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon

Let’s face it, after the thrill of the wedding comes the best part – the honeymoon.

The increased numbers of newlyweds looking for the best honeymoon has triggered more resorts and cruise lines to offer specific romantic getaways filled with a romantic touch. Your first experience as a married couple should be a time to relax and revitalize as well as create wonderful moments together. There are lots of destinations to pick from where you can share your first romantic moments as a married couple.

Will you marry me?

So, your true love has swept you off your feet and you're preparing your fairy tale wedding followed, of course, by the honeymoon of your dreams. From the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, newlyweds in the US have so many destinations to choose from whatever their interests – whether it’s mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking, or visiting iconic cities.

LA & SF, Cali

The famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles and the phenomenal Golden Gate Bridge are just two of the most internationally recognized symbols that California has to offer.

New York City
Special photograph The experienced hoteliers in New York City know just what newlyweds and other romantics want to make their stay momentous.

The Big Apple’s celebrated sites, museums, and night scene make it well worth getting out of bed.

Hawaii
If you’re seeking for the perfect place to honeymoon, look no further than Hawaii where you’ll be amazed by its beautiful beaches and hidden coves; world-class resorts; delicious cuisine; appealing water sports; breathtaking natural beauty; and perfect weather.
Las Vegas

And don’t dismiss Las Vegas. Its dazzling lights and 24-hour excitement make it the ideal destination for honeymooners who prefer late-night fun over lazing around on a beach. If you and your new spouse are into culture, good food and striking beaches, Europe is a great honeymoon destination.

Paris
Couples seeking an authentic romantic experience should journey to Paris, dubbed the City of Love, and snuggle in a cozy café or walk under the gleaming lights of the Eiffel Tower.

Italy
A hop, skip and jump away, Italy is a country steeped in culture, scrumptious food, and great fashion as well as much, much more. Escape to Tuscany for its idyllic vistas, a taste of the region's well-know Chianti wine, its delightful little towns as well as its cities rich in art and history.

In Venice you’ll see and hear the crooning of the gondolieri who float along the waterways of the City of Water and you’ll marvel at the creativity of the masks donned during Carnival time.

Spain
Occasion artwork The choice of places to visit in Spain run the gamut from the historic, the natural wonder, to the sunny coasts and party islands. Seville will enchant newlyweds with its sophisticated architecture and Spanish traditions.

Its magnificent palaces and parks are perfect places to explore during the day. The ‘mandatory’ daytime siesta is the perfect segue to the late-night dancing that follows.

Greece
Greece’s azure waters and bright whitewashed houses make for great stories to take back home. Don't forget to accompany the extra fresh seafood and other delicacies with a good dose of ouzo.
The South Pacific

The South Pacific offers amazing honeymoons. Travel to the South Pacific islands of Fiji and Tahiti, both recognized as some of the world’s best honeymoon destinations.

Whichever place you choose, you will come upon miles and miles of peaceful, breathtaking beaches where honeymooners can enjoy some truly amazing digs. And who wouldn’t want to see tropical fish swimming under the coffee table at one of the many resorts offering over-water suites.

Honeymooning in Africa is an adventure beyond compare.

There are so many ways to fill your days on a honeymoon in Africa from exciting game drives, walking safaris, fishing expeditions, and canoe trips to just relaxing with a good book in front of a hippo-filled river. Look up at the heavens around a camp fire while drinking to your married life to the sounds of the African bush and perhaps the occasional roaring lion. Escape from the crowds and enjoy a real sense of wilderness in Zambia, also known as the “Real Africa”. It has become a favored destination among newlyweds who seek adventure and have a love of nature. Experience the magnificent sunsets and tranquility in this far off area brimming with unspoiled wildlife. For newlyweds wishing to have a wide variety of adventures in one place, South Africa is a great destination with its Big 5 game reserves, scenic wine routes, unspoiled beaches and breathtaking mountain ranges. It has been dubbed the “Rainbow Nation” because of the myriad different cultures living there.

Approximately 1,200 miles off the southeastern coast of the African continent lies Mauritius, one of the world's most well-known honeymoon hot spots, and for good reason. Its year-long warm temperatures and beautiful beaches dotted with palm trees make this Indian Ocean island a great oasis for the newly wedded.

Honeymooners will find that Mauritius offers a blend of activity, loads of opportunities to just lay back and relax, deluxe accommodations and the personal service they look for for such a momentous time.

Weekend Getaways: You Don't Have To Go Too Far

After a trying week, sometimes a brief getaway can replenish your batteries and renew your energy. Although picking which destination to travel to can be daunting when you are only going to have a few days free.

But don’t worry, there are actually plenty of places that could be precisely what you are looking for in a weekend away.

New York City

New York City is a transportation hub, and depending on where you are arriving from, you might drive, fly, or get there by train.

It is ideal even in wintertime, as there are many indoor attractions such as Broadway shows or museums, while in summer visitors can explore outdoor places including the High Line and Central Park.

History aficionados can head to Ellis Island by way of ferry to visit the first stop of many immigrants in days past or climb to the top of the famous Statue of Liberty.

San Francisco

There is much to appreciate about San Francisco: the iconic cable cars you can ride through city streets, the eclectic hilly neighborhoods, the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, and of course the lovely weather. If you love sports, take in a baseball game at AT&T Park and check out its dazzling views of the San Francisco Bay.

Washington, D.C.
The lovely U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. has many major attractions that are very easy to visit, as many are free of charge and situated within walking distance of each other: the imposing Lincoln Memorial, the awe-inspiring Washington Monument, and many more.

The weekend brunch scene is especially fantastic here, but be sure to get reservations ahead of time.

New Orleans

Everyone can find something to like about New Orleans, with its broad assortment of things to do and see. If you are from a cold-weather region and just want to enjoy some fresh air, head over to City Park for some open-air activities; history fans can check out The National WWII Museum.

Of course, if you have a weekend in New Orleans, you have to walk around the famous French Quarter and sample the traditional beignets.

Nashville, NC
If you need a weekend of clean mountain air and sunshine followed by delicious artisanal hand-crafted beer from a regional brewery, Nashville, NC is the perfect weekend getaway. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest have jaw-dropping panoramas, and the North Carolina section of the Appalachian Trail is a must for die-hard hikers.

More than a hundred wonderful craft beers await you at regional breweries, so go on over once you are ready to kick back and relax. Holidays picture

Chicago

With its distinct and varied neighborhoods, great food scene, historic architecture, and other fun activities, Chicago is a perfect weekend getaway. If the weather is warm, cruise down the Chicago River to see the city’s iconic architecture, then head over to Millennium Park to check out the sculpture locals affectionately refer to as “The Bean”. If you go in the frigid winter months, you might want to visit the fantastic local museums like the Art Institute of Chicago or the Field Museum.

Seattle

Seattle is a colorful hipster city famous for its coffee culture (Starbucks started here) as well as the iconic Space Needle and vibrant Pike Place Market with its great bars and restaurants. If you love hiking, check out popular Discovery Park or Mount St. Helens, which is actually an active volcano.

Just don't forget to bring an umbrella and a raincoat – weather in the Emerald City can be cloudy.

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